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Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5685
ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

Phone: +49 (0)228 73-3400
ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Nußallee 15a
53115 Bonn


Life sciences research needs a solid infrastructure.

ZB MED carries out the applied research required to achieve this.


Project description MEDPILOT

MEDPILOT was a medical search portal with an integrated ordering system. The goal of the project was to provide fast, user-friendly access to specialist medical information from multiple databases. MEDPILOT is primarily aimed at doctors, students, scientists and researchers.

Project duration

  • Project phase 1: August 2001 – July 2003. Official launch: February 2003
    Fully operational: August 2003
  • Project phase 2: December 2003 – December 2005


MEDPILOT is based on a search engine that features a specially developed search technology. Search queries are automatically expanded to include multilingual synonyms and related terms drawn from the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus. Users are presented with a hit list sorted by relevance.

The requirements profile for the software was developed from a user perspective. The aim was that the MEDPILOT Web interface should be affected as little as possible by the "insider" knowledge of people working in the library system.

The homepage was therefore designed as a simple search interface with just one input field for conducting open searches across multiple database fields. Users can simply enter a search term and start searching through multiple, predefined databases, including MEDLINE.

Further development has included the addition of various new aspects, including interfaces to ZB MED’s Document Order Receive and Delivery (DOD) system and to various DIMDI databases and full-text archives.

Cooperation partners

MEDPILOT is a joint project with the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI).

It was developed in collaboration with Averbis GmbH.

In November 2015 MEDPILOT was replaced by the new interdisciplinary search portal LIVIVO.


Provided as part of the financial support for virtual libraries:
German Research Foundation (DFG)

Since April 2015 ZB MED has combined the MEDPILOT and GREENPILOT search portals into a new portal called LIVIVO.